ACMS Bi-Weekly Newsletter 1.3.2023

2023 ACMS Board President - Matthew B. Straka, MD

The ACMS Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Matthew B. Straka, MD as the 2023 ACMS President.

Dr. Straka has a passion for membership engagement and local physician advocacy. As ACMS President, he will work closely with the ACMS team and the executive committee on increasing the visibility of the medical society and its members. Dr. Straka will have the support of an energized Board of Directors, which includes a blend of knowledgeable seasoned physicians, as well as several newly elected early career physicians. We look forward to an exciting and successful year under Dr. Straka’s leadership.

Dr. Straka is an Otolaryngologist at Allegheny Health Network. He earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and he completed a residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also completed a Master of Science in neurobiology and physiology from Northwestern University.


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Is prioritizing work-life balance one of your resolutions for the New Year?

The importance of maintaining a reasonable work load (you can't do it all, and you should not feel you have to) and prioritizing family and friends (they are truly the tie that binds us) helps give our lives meaning and purpose.

This concept is likely easier said then done. But it's an idea worth bringing to fruition.

Check out our newest blog post to see how the Pittsburgh community rallied around the medical profession to say "Thank You. You're doing good work. Here's a list of ideas that might make your life feel more comfortable. And you deserve that."

Which issue would you consider writing a blog post about?
Changes to Medical Guidance (CDC, DEA)
Insurance Issues (Prior Authorization, Coding)
Staffing Issues (Hospital Staffing/Office Staffing)

PAMED Previews Legislative Agenda for 2023

In case you missed it: PAMED CEO & Executive Vice President, Martin Raniowski and Dave Thompson, Senior Direct of Legislative Affairs, talk about Pennsylvania's political landscape going into 2023 and PAMED's legislative priorities.


"We will have about 30 plus new members of the legislature for next year," said David Thompson, Senior Director of Government Affairs at PAMED. "We have our job cut out for us with respect to educating those individuals about who we are and what we do."

Click here for a full roundup of the current issues PAMED is working on in Harrisburg.

Virtual Event for Residents & Medical Students

Attend this virtual program, in partnership with the Philadelphia County Medical Society, to learn about the various types of payment models such as: Fee-for-service, Capitation, Hybrid, and Direct primary care. Learn the alphabet soup of wRVU/CPT/BPCI/MSSP/AAPM/ACO of the current and coming era.

This program is free and will be held as a Zoom video conference.


A Thank You to Dr. Patricia Bononi

Dr. Patricia Bononi served as ACMS President in 2021 and ACMS Board Chair in 2022.

Dr. Bononi distinguished herself as a judicious steward of the organization and never flinched in the face of tough decisions. She was unrelenting in her support of physicians under the weight of COVID-19. In the best of times, board service is one of the toughest volunteer roles of all, and she performed with patience and tenacity during one of the the most challenging times in the ACMS 150+ year history. As Dr. Bononi's board service comes to an end, the ACMS extends a tremendous amount of gratitude for her service.

Medical News

Insulin Costs will be Capped in 2023, but Most People with Diabetes won't Benefit

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Excela Health, Butler Health System Merger Finalized

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How Does Parental Leave Affect Physician Resident Performance?

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Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society Members Meeting

4:00pm - 8:15pm

Registration begins at 4:00 pm

First Lecture begins at 4:30 pm

Rivers Casino



ACMS Offices CLOSED (Martin Luther King Day)



2023 ACMS Leadership Social

6pm - 8pm

Location: TBD



Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society Members Meeting

4:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Registration begins at 4:00 pm

First Lecture begins at 4:30 pm

Rivers Casino



Navigating Your Career In Medicine

Early Career Physician Series

Contract Negotiation


6:00pm - 7:30pm